ABOUT US

What is Prism Early Advancement Center?

Prism Early Advancement Center provides 1:1 ABA therapy and group instruction school readiness to young children with autism. Our ABA staff are certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and adhere to their standards of care. Our preschool teacher holds a certification by the Florida Department of Education, and all staff members receive ongoing professional development.

We follow a year-round (12 month) schedule that helps our children transition to kindergarten while ensuring that they receive the recommended hours per week of intensive ABA therapy. Individualized ABA treatment plans allow each child to work towards specific goals to their needs and abilities. In the preschool setting, children experience a typical classroom environment that will enable them to enter kindergarten and presenting them to the expectations and routines of a K-6 school setting.

Our state-of-the-art center in Coral Gables provides children with a safe and welcoming environment that encourages and rewards their efforts. We recognize that no two individuals with autism are the same, and we strive to help each child develop and take pride in their strengths. We celebrate the unique gifts and talents that individuals with autism have and work as a team to prepare our children for kindergarten and daily life through evidence-based interventions.

OUR TEAM

Dr. Christina Crocco

Dr. Crocco is the founder and director of Prism Early Advancement Center. She has her doctorate in special education from FIU. She has published multiple research studies in peer-reviewed journals. Her research focuses on the behavior and social skills of children with autism in classroom settings. She has worked extensively with children with autism and their families in Florida, Pennsylvania, and California. As a former ABA therapist, behavioral consultant, and parent/teacher trainer, Dr. Crocco has used her educational training to improve the lives of individuals with autism through evidence-based interventions. Dr. Crocco most recently worked at the University of Miami as a federal grant manager, where she supported teachers and students across Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition to her doctorate, she has a master’s degree in special education from California Polytechnic State University and an undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Miami.

Chris Malek

A lifelong resident of Miami and graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Chris is part of the rich diversity of the South Florida community. As CEO, he is committed to ensuring that Prism’s inclusive educational model and service meets the needs of every child who attends Prism. Chris is proud of the unique and personalized educational services provided by Prism, and the important work being done by the Prism team to help the local autism community.

Jessica Wooton

Jessica Wooton is the Clinical Director of Prism Early Advancement Center. She earned her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons University and has since performed BCBA services in home, clinic, school, and community locations for a wide variety of populations and ability levels. She specializes in social, play, and communication skills in young children and has taught both in 1:1 and group-based settings where students were matched based on interest and ability to produce fun and engaging sessions while teaching vital skills. Prior to her work in ABA, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and participated in basic neurobiological research on genetic links to autism as well as matched studies on how these links connected to language development before deciding she wanted to work hands-on with families and children. 

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